HI, I am new to this forum. I am an RN who has not worked in nursing in 13 years. I was lucky enough to stay home with my kids and now just do substitute school nursing. I am ready to go back to work and took an RN refresher course. However, I am finding that getting a job is very hard and in fact I may just have been out too long. I am not getting any callbacks for jobs. I have applied to MANY jobs, in hospitals, managed care, nursing homes, rehab hospitals, psych hospitals. I am not picky. Alas, I am not marketable after being away for so long, even with the refresher course.
I am especially interested in psych nursing. I know many of you have worked as mental health/psych techs while in nursing school, but do you think this is a viable option for someone like me? I am having trouble "getting my foot in the door" and I did oncology nursing before, not psych. I would love for someone to give me a chance but I'm not sure that is going to happen with an RN position. I am feeling very discouraged and have started looking at other jobs like assistant teacher, etc. Before I completely give up on nursing, would a mental health tech job help me land an RN position in the future or would I be wasting my time?
Thanks for any input!